Friday, January 11, 2008


Esteemed theologian Joy Behar (sarcasm intended) of "The View" has once again shared another opinion based on a complete lack of understanding regarding the Catholic faith. Luckily, Fr. James Martin of "America" magazine refutes her on his blog.

Foolish as it would be to look for deep theological insights from "The View," Joy Behar's recent statements on Catholic saints (a) not existing any longer, and (b) needing medication, was about as close as you could come to a nice Youtubable, public display of anti-Catholicism, for any who doubt it still exists.

Here are my comments, inserted under "Respondeo," as a nod to St. Thomas Aquinas, from whom Ms. Behar might learn a little about the use of reason. And, by the way, Ms. Goldberg, Catholics don't "pray to statues." They are asking for the saints' help in heaven, much as you would ask a friend to pray for you down here.

JOY BEHAR: I'm going to get in trouble for this, but you know what? I have a theory that you can't find any saints any more because of psycho-tropic medication. I think that the old days the saints were hearing voices and they didn't have any thorazine to calm them down. [laughter] Now that we have all of this medication available to us, you can't find a saint any more.

[RESPONDEO: In the "old days," not all the saints heard voices. This is actually a rather rare phenomenon in the lives of the saints. And, for record, in modern times there are plenty of examples of very holy people, including Mother Teresa, Dorothy Day, Thomas Merton, Archbishop Oscar Romero, Padre Pio, Pope John Paul II, and many more, who most people would say qualify as "saints." Sanctity is not something reserved for the past. ]

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